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August 2001

Removal of Emboli From the Branches of the Central Retinal Artery

Arch Ophthalmol. 2001;119(8):1225. doi:

I read with interest the article by Tang and Topping1 in which they report intraoperative cannulation of the central retinal artery for removal of an embolus. The similarity of this case to one that we previously reported is interesting.2 In our case, we removed one embolus and fragmented another located in the main branches of the central retinal artery. No significant bleeding was observed during dissection of the embolus from the artery. It would have been instructive if the authors had provided a fluorescein angiogram and fundus photograph to demonstrate the location of the embolus. Whereas cannulation of the central artery may be useful, if the embolus is visible it can be surgically removed or dislodged.

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